Lutherans, who insist on “faith alone,” resonate nevertheless with the description of our inward spiritual pursuit that was the signature phrase of St. Anselm of the 11th century: “faith seeking understanding.” Faith does not preclude nor replace learning and understanding; indeed, God created us in God’s own image with the ability and the charge to reason and to deliberate morally. When we’re baptized, we promise to grow in our understanding according to our age and ability. Our faith seeks to know and to discover, yet believes when our feeble minds cannot grasp the ways of God.
We read the Scriptures for spiritual enlightenment, but we study them so as best to understand 1)Who wrote this? 2)When? 3)To whom? 4)In what situation? 5)Trying to evoke what in them? Understanding these things helps us to ask then how our situation might be similar and therefore what God might be trying to say to and evoke in us. We study together to support and to learn from one another in our Christian walk. Faith doesn’t mean we have no questions; in fact, faith is born and exists within and beneath and through the deep questions! This side of the fullness of the kingdom, faith will always be primary, but our faith will always seek understanding.
Weekly Bible Studies on Wednesdays (4:15 and 6:15 p.m., except in the summer) and Sundays (9:45 in Rudisill Hall, 5 p.m. in Zittrouer Hall) are essential but by no means the only opportunity for adult learning at Redeemer. A topical Sunday School class, small relational groups, Women’s groups, Dads’ groups, and special interest classes from financial management to parenting are offered year-round. Inquirers’ Classes taught quarterly for six weeks by our pastors introduce seekers and new members to the Lutheran Faith and to Redeemer in particular. Numerous guest speakers throughout the year help us to explore different aspects of the Christian Faith. We’re always open to new opportunities for adult learning as well!
Adult Learning Opportunities
Adult Sunday School
David Ott has taught his popular adult Bible study class for over 27 years. Currently he shares leadership of the class with colleague Richard Botters who teaches approximately 25% of the time. David’s focus is primarily the New Testament while Richard’s is typically the Old Testament. They both teach Church History. Periodically, the class will host guest scholars from Candler, Columbia, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.
Marriage and Parenting Ministry
Redeemer seeks to be a supportive environment for people of all ages and family types. One of our Wellness and Small Group ministry goals is to provide resources & tools and to build personal relationships around marriage and parenting issues. In the months of September-April, we offer Small Groups at 9:30am in Room 121 off the Atrium on most Sundays, and look to continue to expand the ministry in 2013. Contact: Amber ext. 230.